Search Results: "Simon Morrison"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A must for ballet buffs. Not the last word on the Bolshoi, but a look backstage that is both lively and learned."
A sweeping, grandly intriguing story at the interface of art and power. Read full book review >

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LINA AND SERGE by Simon Morrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2013

"Research, compassion and outrage combine in a story both riveting and wrenching."
An authority on the life and works of Serge Prokofiev charts the sad biographical arc of his wife, Lina, who spent some devastating years in the Soviet gulag. Read full book review >

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CHEETAH by Taylor Morrison
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"In a closing note, Morrison mentions that valuable cheetah habitat is being usurped by humans (without noting the cheetah's critically diminished gene pool, also probably due to human intervention) and the subsequent need for its protection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
This excellent introduction to the cheetah touches upon all the salient aspects of the cat's life: its habitat, hunting tactics (including the enormous bursts of speed), family life, prey and nemeses, and, of course, its remarkable grace and beauty. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BOX by Toni Morrison
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Nonetheless, it's a valid message, strongly made, and a promising children's book debut for the authors. (Picture book. 8+)"
Morrison and her son have created a rhymed parable—clearly addressing adults—about three children who are firmly, lovingly locked into a room-sized box because they "can't handle their freedom." Read full book review >

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WILDFIRE by Taylor Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2006

"The Coast Mappers (2004) and The Great Unknown (2001). (bibliography, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Dramatic paintings of forest fires and a close look at the specialized tools used to fight them make this an engaging science and nature title. Read full book review >

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NATURE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Gordon Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2004

"This might whet the interest of a budding naturalist, but may disappoint those looking for a field guide. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A pleasant and simple narrative describes the wonders of nature that can be observed, the author tells readers in his note, "in your neighborhood." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TSUNAMI WARNING by Taylor Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2007

"Older readers will relish the text and come away with a greater appreciation for the scientists who struggle to understand natural disasters in order to keep people safe. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
"Shaking ground, an exposed sea floor, and a loud roar are natural warnings." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POND by Gordon Morrison
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"A celebration of nature that can be enjoyed by all. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Superb watercolors and a brief but insightful text provide the reader with a detailed picture of a fresh-water pond and the changing plants and animals living in and near it, from winter to spring and back again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DROP OF WATER by Gordon Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2006

"Carefully crafted and beautifully executed, this is a splendid addition to the science bookshelf. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
The drop of water on a child's finger may have begun in a rain cloud over a mountaintop, collected in a high forest stream, traveling down through bogs, woods, swamp, marsh and farmer's pond before continuing into the meadow brook the child explores. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT UNKNOWN by Taylor Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Still, this inviting presentation has certain reader appeal and might even inspire future paleontologists. (further adult readings, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Two hundred years ago, a farmer in upstate New York discovered some giant bones while digging in peat bogs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1997

"A worthy companion to the previous book. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Morrison (Antonio's Apprenticeship, 1996) painlessly imparts an enormous amount of information, delineating step-by-step the creation of a Renaissance sculpture; attractive illustrations echoing period color, line, and composition accompany this tale of a fictional 17th-century apprentice and his master. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAKEN BY STORM by Angela Morrison
FICTION
Released: March 5, 2009

"Many readers may want to just swim by this mundane effort. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this debut novel, after a belief-stretchingly unexpected hurricane kills high-school senior Michael's parents while on a diving vacation, he's sent to his grandmother's in Washington. Read full book review >